Representing fiction and nonfiction with a unique, boutique-style approach, Park Literary & Media was founded in 2005 by Theresa Park. PLM is a full-service agency that manages all aspects of an author’s career with focused personal attention and the highest professional standards. With a robust foreign rights department and dedicated marketing, retail and client promotions, plus deep relationships with film and television entities in Los Angeles, we bring top-tier resources and a wealth of experience to every client, every day.
Prior to becoming a literary agent, Theresa was an attorney at Cooley Godward, a Silicon Valley law firm. But it was her love of books and interest in combining business and art that propelled her toward a publishing career at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Opening the doors to PLM in 2005, she now represents principally plot-driven fiction and a short list of serious nonfiction. Dedicated to clients Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, Emily Giffin, Janice Y.K. Lee and others, she always finds time to enjoy a good meal, make a yearly visit to Vienna (her hometown) and connect with friends and family all over the world—she is fluent in German, can speak French and understand a smattering of Japanese. Theresa is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and Harvard Law School, her varied education and background making her a uniquely broadminded business partner – but it's her love of connecting ideas and people that makes her a great agent.
Always eager to travel the world, meet new people and learn about other cultures, Abigail began her career working for the multinational corporation, EF Education. After realizing that books were her passion, she joined the foreign rights department at the Nicholas Ellison Agency where her prior experience in international business combined with her outgoing, adventurous nature proved invaluable to building relationships with co-agents and publishers. After joining PLM in 2005, Abigail expanded her roster of clients and today, in addition to her role as the Executive Director of International Rights, she represents both emerging and established authors, including Emily Anthes, Catherine McKenzie, Emily Voigt, Martin Michaud and Diana Yen. Although her projects—and tastes—run the gamut from popular science and narrative nonfiction to commercial fiction and thrillers, all her clients’ work share elements of adventure, surprise and the unexpected.
At times providing legal and business insight to the agency’s clients, Emily really shines at helping clients build innovative marketing initiatives and develop their own brands in all kinds of ways. This includes overall brand strategy, publicity, website development, social media, promotional partnerships, licensing or simply helping authors mine their own contacts, in order to develop his or her own career in book publishing. After earning a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies, then a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, this fashion-forward jack-of-all-trades went on to practice law at King & Spalding, joining PLM in 2009. Now she loves channeling her creativity to dream up possibilities for her clients, and then making them happen.
*Emily does not directly represent clients or accept queries.
Andrea works with authors, publishers and retail accounts to develop and execute promotions that boost brand awareness and maximize sales. She loves a challenge in any form and when she’s not cooking up sales initiatives she brings her creativity into the kitchen where she’s constantly trying new recipes or indulging in something sweet! But her true passion is publishing. After earning a BA in English, she attended the Denver Publishing School before working in sales at Random House and then Penguin Young Readers Group. Andrea joined PLM in 2013 and is the main point person for publishers as well as a liaison with film studios and retail accounts. She’s constantly working to create marketing plans and build promotions around PLM clients that go beyond the book and bring excitement and new fans to their brands.
*Andrea does not represent clients or accept queries.
With a passion for storytelling, Alex began her career at a Hollywood agency and then at literary agency Sanford J. Greenburger Asoc. in New York before earning a JD from Harvard Law School. After working as a corporate and licensing attorney at WilmerHale, she joined PLM in 2012, where she now draws on her broad expertise to provide legal and business guidance to the agency and its clients on all publishing and entertainment matters. On the literary side, this world traveler is able to flex her creativity while working directly with clients on a variety of projects, including detailed manuscript revisions, self-publishing, and marketing. A lover of film and theater and an avid reader with broad literary and commercial tastes, Alex brings her attention to detail and thoughtful approach to every project, whether a publishing contract or fiction manuscript, making her an indispensable asset to the PLM team and our clients.
*Alex takes on clients selectively.
Fueled by the thrill of reading a new story for the first time, Peter works creatively with clients and the PLM team on marketing, branding initiatives and promotions to get great books into the hands of readers. Before joining PLM, he was a story editor at a book-scouting agency working with film clients, and he continues to look for new ways to partner with Hollywood on adaptations and multimedia properties. Find him re-watching Studio Ghibli movies, playing board games with friends, or right here to submit a new fiction query—he’s ready to add more authors to his growing client list!
It was a love for book to film projects that lead Vanessa to PLM. Here she's not only assisting Theresa Park, but also developing company initiatives, and corresponding with both publishing/film industry experts. Vanessa is the literary coordinator for all of the agency’s independent film & digital projects. This avid traveler and music lover, brings with her a dual degree in English Literature and Film Studies as well as work experience at Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets, Lionsgate and the Weinstein Company. When Vanessa is not reading a good book, or watching a great film, she can be found hiking or volunteering with New York Cares. Plus, she is fluent in Spanish, can read and write in French and is now re-learning Mandarin.
*Vanessa does not represent clients or accept queries.
A contract master, Blair works alongside our co-agents to negotiate publishing agreements outside of the United States with a focus on Eastern Europe, South Korea and the Baltic states. After a day of executing foreign taxes for authors or assisting with submissions, you might just find this North Carolina native teaching textile arts classes at the American Folk Art Museum and Textile Arts Center in New York City. This creative studied Victorian Literature but has truly fallen in love with the voices of new and emerging authors, making PLM a perfect fit for her.
Park Literary & Media represents fiction and nonfiction with a boutique approach: an emphasis on servicing a relatively small number of clients, with the highest professional standards and focused personal attention. With a robust foreign rights department, a strong emphasis on specific marketing, retail, client promotions, and deep relationships with film and television entities in Los Angeles, the agency brings to bear top-tier resources and a wealth of experience in managing all aspects of an author's career.
With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas is truly one of the world's most beloved storytellers, with works translated into more than forty languages. All of his books, including THREE WEEKS WITH MY BROTHER—the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah—have been New York Times and International bestsellers. He has also had eleven of his novels adapted as major motion pictures, with the movie of THE CHOICE released in February 2016.
His latest novel, SEE ME, published in October 2015. The author lives and writes in North Carolina.
One of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide, Debbie Macomber's novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list with ten of them hitting the number one spot. Known to bring compelling relationships that embrace family, romance and enduring friendships to life, her beloved Cedar Cove Series was Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series. Starring Andie McDowell, it ran to popular acclaim for 4 seasons.
She has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.
This #1 New York Times bestselling author is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a New York firm for several years, she moved to London, when she wrote her first novel, SOMETHING BORROWED. That book became a NYT bestseller, as have all her subsequent novels.
Her seventh novel, FIRST COMES LOVE, publishes in July 2016. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, the child of Korean immigrants, Janice traveled to the United States for school and graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English and American Literature and Language. Before starting her first book, she worked for several years as an editor at Elle and Mirabella magazines, with work also appearing in Glamour, Travel and Leisure and numerous other publications. Her debut novel, THE PIANO TEACHER, was published to critical acclaim, spending 19 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, highlighted as a Richard and Judy Summer Read pick (UK) and translated into 26 languages worldwide.
Her latest novel, THE EXPATRIATES, published in January 2016. She lives in New York City with her husband and four children.
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After graduating, he packed up his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He’s now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches basketball, and makes every dish he eats as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he’s lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California.
Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Nature, Businessweek, Discover,
Psychology Today, Scientific American and elsewhere. She holds a master's degree in science writing from MIT and a
bachelor's degree in the history of science and medicine from Yale, where she
also studied creative writing.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Born in Germany, Jessika grew up primarily in England, going on to study at the Fondation Nationale Des Sciences Politiques and the Sorbonne in Paris and at Oxford University. Since that time has she lived and worked as an editor and writer all around the world—in New York, Connecticut, the Netherlands and Hong Kong.
She currently lives with her family in Brooklyn.
An internationally acclaimed social psychologist and the recognized expert on obedience to authority, Thomas is a professor of social psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is also the undisputed expert on Stanley Milgram's life and work, penning the first biography of Milgram ever published.
He has authored more than forty articles and papers on Milgram and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Soman Chainani’s first novel, The School for Good and Evil, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into over 26 languages across six continents, with a film adaptation from Universal in the works. As a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s MFA Film Program, Soman has made films that have played at over 150 festivals around the world. When he’s not telling stories or teaching in New York City, Soman is a die-hard tennis player who never lost a first-round match for ten years . . . until he started writing The School for Good and Evil. Now he loses all the time.
Robin earned a BA from Carleton College and an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College. She worked in direct marketing for twenty years before becoming a freelance writer. She is also known to wander the globe as a travel journalist and looks forward to writing other books no one has written in the future.
A former critical care nurse, Jon wrote his first novel between hospital shifts and raising two children. After receiving a creative writing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, he turned to writing full time, producing two critically acclaimed novels. During a short stint in Hollywood, he wrote numerous screenplays for Fox, Warner Bros. and Sony, and is the co-writer of the film Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg.
Jon lives with his wife outside of Philadelphia and is currently working on a new novel.
A Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, Galen is a Kellogg National Fellow in interdisciplinary leadership. She has received two Graham Foundation grants, and has been on design teams awarded First Prize in a national competition for an inner-city park for St. Paul, plus First Prize for Parc La Villette, Paris and Seventh Place in the Spectacle Island Design Competition, Boston. She has also served as a juror for several urban design and public art competitions while teaching courses on the social and cultural bases of architectural and urban design and research methods.
Her current research includes the body and the near-environment, the office of the future, environmental sociology and sociology of parks.
Carmindy was the resident makeup expert on the TLC makeover show What Not to Wear. Her work can be seen on the editorial pages of leading magazines—Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Self, Seventeen, Glamour and many more—and in her four books.
She is the creator and founder of Carmindy & Co cosmetics.
Lisa’s debut novel, PASTORS' WIVES, was inspired by an article she reported as a staff writer for Time. She joined the magazine as a Tokyo correspondent; later covering news, trends, business, arts and religion stateside until 2009. Since then, Lisa has worked with Warner Bros., Sony Studios and CBS writing original TV pilots. Her articles and essays have been published in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Money, Adweek and Bon Appetit. Her first book, REMEMBER ME (HarperCollins, 2006), a travelogue and exploration of modern American funerals, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.
Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, Lisa is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Rutgers College—and is now based in New Jersey.
Growing up as an Air Force brat, Brenda Drake was used to being the new kid at her school. Her favorite childhood memories are hearing her Irish grandmother tell her strange tales, giving Brenda her with a lifelong love of storytelling. When Brenda’s not writing or organizing author events such as Pitch Madness, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
A screenwriter and novelist born in Wilmington, DE, Joseph is the co-creator and showrunner of the hit Amazon series "RED OAKS." His film credits include “Stonehearst Asylum,” “Go with Me” and "Wind Chill,” which was produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney.
He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and young children, and is currently working on a new novel, the second season of “RED OAKS” and several film projects.
Leigh spent fifteen years in public relations, writing almost every day for other people until she started penning her own story as an author. Her first novel, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, will debut in May 2016.
Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, she now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.
Inkshares is a crowdfunded book publishing platform, where the readers have a say in what they’d like published. Just two years old, this excited start-up reinvents the acquisition process typical of most traditional publishers, while still providing a platform for publication. Inkshares is a place where the internet raises its hand and says “I want to read that.”
Jerome is a Distinguished Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University. Editor-in-Chief of New England Journal of Medicine for more than 8 years, he was honored by membership in the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been referred to as the "Conscience of American Medicine."
He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Lucy is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much. When she’s not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.
A graduate of Columbia University, Carlyn is a former legal
reporter for Bloomberg News and Reuters, where she covered legal affairs and
the business of law. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared on the New
York Times website, Atlantic CityLab, The American Lawyer and Kveller.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two sons.
An expert on language development and disorders in children, with a focus on late talkers, Michelle Macroy-Higgins PhD teaches courses and lectures on the subject. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY).
She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children.
Sarah is the author of the popular crime fiction series featuring forensic psychologist Dr. Sylvia Strange—DARK ALCHEMY, DANTES’INFERNO, DANGEROUS ATTACHMENTS, ACQUIRED MOTIVES, and A DESPERATE SILENCE. Before becoming a full-time writer, she had many interesting jobs, including working for the NM Attorney General’s Office, which frequently took her inside the New Mexico State Penitentiary and ultimately led to the creation of Dr. Sylvia Strange. She has also collaborated with former CIA covert operative Valerie Plame Wilson, co-authoring the Vanessa Pierson spy novels BLOWBACK and BURNED.
When she’s not on deadline, Lovett works with writers as a coach, teacher and consultant. She lives with her family in Santa Fe.
Giving up a law career to simplify her life, Janet fell in love with the idea so much that in 1992, she started a newsletter on the subject, Simple Living, which quickly grew to world-wide readership. She compiled her wisdom in her best-selling book, THE SIMPLE LIVING GUIDE, known as "the bible of the simplicity movement." Her follow-up book, SIMPLE LOVING, traced the connection between simplicity and loving relationships.
A regular guest on NPR, she lives in Seattle, Washington.
Bethany, a Tacoma, Washington native and Western Washington University graduate, is actually very much like her fictional heroine Nikki Lanier. She kicks serious butt (fourth degree black belt in karate), and has a day job (graphic design) that lets her work with her puppy (who snores like a flugel horn).
When she’s not traveling to exotic lands, she can be found chasing after her daughter, or glued to the computer working on her next novel.
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Catherine is a graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School. She currently blogs for The Huffington Post, and her novels are all international bestsellers that have been translated into multiple languages.
She practices law in Montreal, where she lives with her husband.
Having graduated in 2014, Rebecca holds a B.A. in both English Creative Writing and in Chemistry, and she currently works as a technical writer in Michigan. The Nameless Queen is her debut novel.
He lives and works in Quebec, Canada.
Mikki is a long-time freelance journalist, editor and writer. In her past life, she helped launch Time Inc. Custom Publishing, was a long-time contributor to Sports Illlustrated for Kids and produced a CD-ROM about the Vietnam War for The New York Times. She has also been a communications consultant for organizations including Girl Scouts of the USA and Wellstone Action.
A single mother (twice) by choice, she, her daughter Sophie and son Dylan make their home in Minnesota.
Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. She graduated from Tufts University and now lives in San Francisco with her family. If she isn’t writing or reading, there’s a good chance Emily is visiting a nearby library or wrestling a coat onto or off of one of her two children. She is also passionate about fighting child trafficking with the nonprofit Love146.
B.R. was born in the U.S. but raised in Bermuda, South Africa and Germany. A contributing editor for The Atlantic and an occasional opinion columnist for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, he is also an associate professor of North Korean studies and American literature at Dongseo University in Busan, South Korea.
He currently resides in South Korea.
Linda is the bestselling author of HANDYMAN, NOT A SPARROW FALLS, IF I GAINED THE WORLD, AT THE SCENT OF WATER, and IN SEARCH OF EDEN. Her debut novel for the Christian fiction market, NOT A SPARROW FALLS, was a 2003 Christy Award finalist in the contemporary category.
Linda lives and writes in Tacoma, Washington
A professor of physics, Robert is the former chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland and the former public relations director of the American Physical Society in Washington, DC. Author of more than a hundred technical papers on the structure and properties of single-crystal surfaces, Professor Park now devotes himself to helping the public distinguish genuine scientific advances from foolish and fraudulent claims. A frequent guest on news programs, he posts a provocative weekly column on the internet, WHAT'S NEW, that is read avidly by scientists, journalists and government officials.
Robert lives in Adelphi, Maryland.
Formerly an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a practicing corporate lawyer, Frank is one of the world's leading experts on market regulation and is a frequent commentator for the Financial Times, New York Times, NPR and CBS's 60 Minutes. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and the founding director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law at the University of San Diego.
A professor for both the Molecular Biology and Public Affairs Departments at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Lee teaches courses and lectures widely on the social impact of biotechnology, with an emphasis on repro-genetics. In 1993, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He lives with his wife in Princeton, New Jersey.
A Senior Member of Wolfson College and a Visiting Scholar of the Scott Polar Research Institute, both of the University of Cambridge, Kelly is also a consulting historian for the British Film Institute. As a film producer and writer, she received an Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary for “Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance,” a film for the PBS series NOVA also nominated for Best Documentary of 2002.
She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
Specializing in science and culture, Emily’s stories have appeared in the New York Times, OnEarth Magazine, Odyssey Magazine, Mother Jones Magazine and Isotope: A Journal of Literary Science and Nature Writing, as well as on Radiolab, Radio OnEarth and This American Life programs. She holds degrees in English literature and journalism from Columbia University where she was awarded a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.
She lives in New York City.
A longtime and acclaimed novelist, journalist and author, Robert has written several works of groundbreaking historical and contemporary works. ON THE LAPS OF GODS, received the 2007 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. He has also won the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association of Science Writer's Award for best magazine article. Plus, he was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
He now lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Gary is best-known for his original screenplay for The Book of Eli, the post-apocalyptic thriller starring Denzel Washington. He also co-wrote the Will Smith sci-fi movie After Earth and helped create Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, for which he was the co-recipient of a BAFTA award for Best Story. Most recently, he served as screenwriter for the upcoming Star Wars standalone film. He is currently writing the movie adaptation of the Mark Millar comic, Starlight, for 20th Century Fox.
Born and raised in London, England, Gary currently lives with his wife and daughter in San Francisco, California.
Artfully combining the love of cooking with the beauty of everyday things, Diana opened the multidisciplinary creative studio, The Jewels of New York, in 2009. Her mission is to uncover the hidden treasures New York has to offer and share them with others through seasonally based cooking. Her projects with leading lifestyle magazines and design savvy clients focus on the simplicity and elegance of daily meals.
With a background in home and lifestyle design, Diana strives to bring a sense of beauty and community to the table through catering and food consultation services.
Will Walton grew up in a small town in rural Georgia and often found himself helping out on his grandparent’s small farm. Currently, he lives a few hours away from his hometown, in Athens, Georgia, where he went to college. When he’s not writing, there’s a good chance you’ll find him at his other job: a bookseller at the Avid Bookshop.
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